No Moral Equivalence

This morning Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando brought to my attention a letter he just had published in the Orlando Sentinel regarding the priority of abortion in assessing the candidates in the upcoming election. Here is what he wrote: “Jay Hamburg’s article Wednesday, ‘Evangelical: We Can Back Dems, Obama,’ inaccurately implied that Catholic leaders shared […]

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Telling It Like It Is

I have to admit that on some issues I don’t see eye-to-eye with Patrick Buchanan. However, I think his recent article entitled “A Catholic Case Against Barack” is on the money as it lays out the moral problems any Catholic should have with supporting an Obama victory in November. In case you haven’t seen it, click […]

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No Longer “Eternally Valid”

We have commented in previous posts concerning the controversial sentence in the U.S. Catechism for Adults that says, “Thus the covenant that God made with the Jewish people through Moses remains eternally valid for them.” While susceptible of an orthodox interpretation, the wording was ambiguous, giving the impression that Jews have their own independent means […]

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Guardian-Variety Angels

Today’s Gospel at Mass contains the verse that most typically is cited in support of the Church’s teaching on guardian angels–namely, Our Lord’s words in Matthew 18:10: “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly […]

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Speaker out of Line

In a recent interview, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California and outspoken advocate of abortion rights, told a C-SPAN reporter that her abortion advocacy has not resulted in her being refused Holy Communion. She said: “I think some of it is regional. It depends on the bishop of a certain region and fortunately […]

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Teaching the Teachers

I want to apologize to our readers for the lack of new material on the CUF blog this week. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week I was teaching an intensive introductory course on Scripture to some Catholic school teachers here in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, so I just didn’t have the […]

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Let’s Be Catholic

Today’s Catholics are called to be leaven in the new millennium. This is a tremendous challenge, as the richness of our Catholic faith isn’t reducible to mere soundbytes, and timeless Christian wisdom is often portrayed today as simply one voice among many or as the “spin” of the religious right. This all points to the […]

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Martha, Martha

As Catholics, we try to balance in our lives of faith the active Martha and the contemplative Mary. Sometimes in the process Martha gets a bad rap. She’s anxious and worried about many things (Lk. 10:41), so at times we might picture her as a frantic busybody flitting around doing 101 things, while the serene Mary sits at the feet […]

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